A former head of state, who is also a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, has said while it is not a bad idea to have a conference to discuss the myriads of problems facing the country, such a conference, as being proposed, was concieved in bad faith. According to him, it was diversionary in its intention and was aimed at diverting the attention of Nigerians from the failures of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration. Also speaking, a former governor of Lagos State and APC National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, described the seven aggrieved PDP governors, otherwise known as the G7, as beautiful brides.
NIGERIA is now experiencing a near total collapse of power supply in the country as a result of shoddy arrangements before the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, facilities were handed over to new owners. One week after the hand-over, many of the facilities have been left unattended to as many of the workers have been sacked. To worsen the situation, some of the workers that are yet to be paid their severance benefits were also alleged to be disengaged indiscriminately.
ENUGU— Southeast, South-South Professionals of Nigeria, SESSPN, has said Nigeria cannot achieve her true potentials as a nation under the present administrative, economic and socio-political structure. President of SESSPN, Mr. Emeka Ugwuoju, while addressing guests at the fund raising dinner in support of the South-East, South-South Development Forum in Enugu, argued that except Nigeria must be restructured to become a wealth generating country rather than its present. According to him, “structure where wealth is shared among the highly privileged”, the nation could hardly make any positive economic growth or advancement. Nigeria cannot work effectively within its present structure because we think that we are a rich nation while we are not. We are only operating a structure that encourages the sharing of wealth instead of wealth creation.”
LAGOS— Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, has repudiated the claim by the Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, that he did not receive a brief from his wife to represent her to secure her release from the illegal detention imposed by her husband, the governor. “I wish to say, without any fear of contradiction, that I have her instructions in writing to challenge her illegal detention at the Government House, Enugu,” he declared in a statement, Wednesday. “Through the assistance of some of the security personnel in the Government House she has since spoken to me on phone to confirm her instructions. Indeed, Mrs Chime’s mother and her personal physician have also been in touch with me urging me to take all appropriate measures to secure her freedom from Governor Chime’s illegal confinement.”
Over 20 riot policemen yesterday stormed the residence of the General Manager of the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA),
Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako has faulted the move by President Goodluck Jonathan to The decision of President Goodluck Jonathan to extend the emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, describing it as a declaration of war on Adamawa people. Jonathan had made e request for the extension of the emergency rule following a meeting with the Security Council on Tuesday. The council asked the president to extend the state of emergency in the three states because of the ongoing attacks of the Boko Haram insurgents on soft targets like schools and villages. However, reacting to the news, the director of press and public affairs to Nyako, Mallam Ahmed Sajoh, yesterday told the Abuja-based LEADERSHIP newspaper that from the outset the emergency rule was conjured in bad faith as the security indices prevailing in the pre-emergency rule days did not warrant its imposition on the state.
Military authorities in Borno State yesterday said they had raided Boko Haram camps in four different locations in Bama Local Government Area of the state and recover cache arms. Commander of the 202 Tank Battalion, Bama, Lt. Col. Adamu Garba Laka ,and the spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Mohammed Dole, took journalists round the Bama town and said that the four hideouts that were raided in the last three days were located in Kilani, Bulakadi, Izad and Bulla Musa villages. Though Laka was silent on the number of insurgents killed during the operations, he said items recovered include rocket launchers, Ak47 rifles, dane guns, improvised explosives, magazines and ammunitions, power generators, military boots among others.
While it’s not entirely in the interest of Biafrans to concern ourselves with the demonic and macabre dance called ‘politics’ in nigeria, staying silent through some issues might prove detrimental in the end.The issue with Anambra State politicians and their politics is as deadly as the issue with nigeria and her politics: they are both power-hungry and stubbornly foolish as they lurch forward to lay blind claims to a singular right to lead. They forgot that politics is a call to serve and that those desirous of serving others must penitentially and humbly come. All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) was primarily set up to stake out for Ndigbo, to defend and protect the political life of the Igbo in the choking nigeria.To every Igbo, the entrance of APGA was like the first entrance of the Christian gospel into a land full of tired but searching and hopeful people. However, today, we have all lived in disappointments – just as many our days, as a result of false bringers of the gospel, have been asking God where all His promises for Bible faithfulness and love went to.
A source close to President Goodluck Jonathan told SaharaReporters that the president has commissioned a group of political pundits to begin to counteract former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s reported secret plans to work for the emergence of a Northerner as president in 2015. The source added that the Jonathan’s team is charged with strategizing on the best maneuvers to contain Mr. Obasanjo’s moves. The source added that Mr. Jonathan did not yet have a full understanding of where Mr. Obasanjo stands in the crisis tearing apart the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but added that the president has decided not to take chances by ignoring the former president. The Northern members of the team set up by the president have been mandated to lead the first stage of Mr. Jonathan’s campaigns and consultations across the entire Northern states. “Some of the president’s pundits have swung into action in the ‘core’ Northern states of Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina and northern Kaduna,” our source disclosed.
OBIORA IFOH ABUJA Former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme and co-chairman of Southern Nigeria Peoples’ Assembly, SNPA, yesterday listed a 31-point agenda for the proposed national conference. The Southern leaders also opposed President Goodluck Jonathan’s plan to send the outcome of the proposed national conference to the National Assembly for ratification. The group, also in a statement by the Coordinating Chairman (South-West), Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi; Co-Chair (South- East), Dr. Alex Ekwueme and Co-Chair (South-South), Chief Edwin Clark, drew a proposed timetable for the national conference, stating that it should be concluded by June. According to SNPA, the conference from the date of the inauguration of the advisory committee should be concluded with a new constitution in place within nine months.